TOTTENHAM are on the hunt for a Last 16 spot in the Europa League on Thursday when they host Fiorentina. Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79) gives us his view.
Tottenham v Fiorentina | Thursday 20:05 | BT Sport 1
I took the view last week that Tottenham may find it a bit emotionally tough last Thursday against Fiorentina. The game came just four days after their brilliant win over Man City after all. I was wrong though as they emerged with a 1-1 draw in Florence.
Spurs' cluttered fixture list did come back to haunt them on Sunday you'd have to say as they lost to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup. That defeat makes their remaining time this season a little less complicated.
Harry Kane will be missing from their line up on Thursday as he recovers from a broken nose. That could be a pivotal absence. The club's top scorer has scored in two of the last four Europa League games the club have been involved with.
One key thing going in Tottenham's favour on Thursday is their superb home record in this competition. Mauricio Pochettino's side won all three of their group games at White Hart Lane and indeed are unbeaten in eight European matches in North London stretching back to 2013.
Fiorentina were unbeaten away in their group but only finished second to FC Basle in their section. They sit third in the Serie A and moved to within six points of leaders Juventus at the weekend after seeing off Atalanta.
I just feel without Kane it could be a hard night for Spurs and I’m not prepared to back them at odds on.
I think the draw at 13/5 offers better value as Fiorentina might be able to capitalise on a taxing period for the English side. Sitting third in Serie A they need to be respected.
Tottenham v Fiorentina – Draw (13/5 Bet365)
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